A Native American author of novels, poetry and children's books, Louise Erdrich writes what she knows—her grandfather served as a tribal chairman for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Her first novel, Love Medicine, received rave reviews and won the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Due to her use of setting, her works have drawn comparisons with Nobel Prize–winning author William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County novels. Erdrich is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Read a review of her latest book, Shadow Tag